David thanking Rachel
Photo by Rachel
David Bowie passed through Toronto, Canada during his EARTHLING tour to perform two shows. He was also doing various interviews at different radio and TV stations around the city. I found out at the last minute that I would be on the guest list to go downtown Toronto and sit in on an interview with him at 102.1 The Edge.
I got home from school on September 26, '97 and was promptly informed by my mother, that a friend of my dad's, who is an executive at the radio station, got me on the list. I freaked, showered, changed, and rushed to go pick up my friend, Chris, who was also invited. He and I got down to Yonge St. at about five o'clock.
I had brought a letter for David, and an afghan (aka a blanket:) that I made for him, which was purple, red and turquoise, in a rippled pattern. I went into the studio and told them who I was, and they asked very nicely if I would wait outside because they were letting people in at 6:15. I said fine and asked if I could just use the phone before heading out. So I pick up the receiver, then I turn around and I see this familliar man standing by the window looking out at the fans, and I realized it was Reeves Gabrels!!! So then I thought 'Well where is-' and then David Bowie walked in. I dropped the receiver. I couldn't believe it. He was laughing and talking to some of the people who worked at the station. He was wearing black sunglasses, and a black outfit; he looked sooooooooo good!
He was only about three feet away from me, and I was so flustered that I decided to go and wait outside. I didn't want to pester him, and he was setting up for the interview. So I clutched on to my friend for support (Having David Bowie spontaneously appear made me weak in the knees) and headed outside to wait. While I was waiting, a security guard came out and told us that no cameras were allowed inside:( and that David wouldn't have time for autographs. I was kind of upset, but I thought 'Oh well, I'm going to be in the same room with him!!!'
Photo by Rachel
So I asked a security guard that I had been chatting with, if I would be allowed to give David something. He frowned and apologized and said not directly, because of security reasons. But he said if I gave it to him, he might be able to give it to an assistant, but could make no promises I was disappointed, but I told him I understood. So I decided to show him the afghan, and he looked really impressed and said to hang on for a minute. He came back a few moments later with David Bowie's personal assistant!!! She looked at my afghan and said it was beautiful and took it and the letter. Then she came back and said "David loved it! And he says thank-you very much." I nearly died!!! David Bowie loved my afghan!!!!. Then she said he wanted to know if I was on the guest list, and I said I was. And she said he wanted to make sure. So, if I hadn't been, he would have put me on! I couldn't believe it! I was so happy, I started crying on my friend's shoulder:)
The security guard whispered to me that they were going to put me right up front and I thanked him. He also smiled and asked if I wanted a tissue. I guess he thought it was sweet, this little kid (16) bawling over David Bowie. So anyways, they let us in and I walked right past David to get to my seat, but he was talking to Reeves and didn't see me. From where I was sitting, he and Reeves were only about 10 feet away!!!! Before things got started, one of the technicians approached me and said that I would be allowed to ask David a question ON AIR! I nearly hit the ground!
The interview began, and David was so witty and intelligent and funny! And he sang three songs on accoustic guitar: 'Always Crashing in the Same Car", "I Can't Read" and "The Supermen". After about 15 minutes, the same man came and took me out of my chair and brought me up really close, where I watched some of the interview (Ok, I wasn't listening to the interview, I was looking at David! So shoot me!:) I had brought up my "Labyrinth" CD with me, and his assistant saw it. She took it and said she would see what she could do.
Then they told me to move over to a microphone which was right in front of David! I don't know how I was able to walk, my heart was pounding. The interviewer then asked if David was ready for a question from the audience, he said sure. Then he turned to me and smiled so big I thought I was going to pass out! (how many times have I nearly fainted so far? ;)
Well, the interviewer said "This is Rachel..." and David smiled really big and said:"Rachel? Are you the one who gave me the blanket?"
AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! He called me by my name! He knew who I was! That meant he had read my letter! I was composed enough to say that, yes I was the one who had given him the blanket. He thanked my very much and said something like"If I had an old father I'd give it to him, but I don't, there's just old David, so I'm going to keep it."
And I told him that it was one of the first things I had ever made, and that I really wanted him to have it. He thanked me again, and then I asked him my question:"How do you feel about your younger fan base?"
He laughed and asked "Which one?" so I said
"Kids like me, 16 year olds who are just now discovering his music"
And he talked for awhile, but to be brutally honest, I can't remember what he said because he was looking at me and smiling the whole time! I only remember his eyes! Hopefully I'll be able to get a copy of the interview from the radio station.
When he finished, David thanked me again, and I thanked him and went back to my seat. By the time I got there I was crying again. When the interview was over David had to leave really quickly to do another one, and his assistant followed him out. She came back a moment later with my CD. David had signed it. It says:"For Rachel, with many thanks for the blanket. David Bowie '97"
I thanked her profusely, and asked her to thank David again for me. At that moment I was so overwhelmed by everything that happened, I just lost it and started bawling on my friend's shoulder!
Photo by Rachel
I thought people would be upset that I got an autograph, but everyone was smiling at me, and some people even congratulated me:) It's a day I will remember for the rest of my life. Well, that's my looooooooong story:) I hope you're still awake. Thanks for listening to me ramble:)
Rachel (still in a state of Bowie-induced euphoria)